THE SWORD has inked a new, multi-album worldwide deal with New York City-based label Razor Tie.
After releasing three critically acclaimed albums on Kemado Records, the Austin, Texas-based quartet featuring guitarist/vocalist J.D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie, and new drummer Santiago “Jimmy” Vela III will commence recording its fourth album in late June with a projected release date of fall 2012. The new CD will be supported by extensive global touring that will stretch well into 2013.
John Franck, SVP of Marketing for Razor Tie, comments, “We’re delighted to welcome THE SWORD to Razor Tie. They’re a special band and unique signing for us. We’re looking forward to making an incredible record together and continuing to grow the band’s brand on a global level.”
THE SWORD will perform at Orion Music + More — the two-day festival created by METALLICA that will take place on June 23-24 at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
THE SWORD‘s third album, “Warp Riders”, sold around 8,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 47 on The Billboard 200 chart.
“Warp Riders” marked the first release where the group has worked with an outside producer. Helmed by Matt Bayles (PEARL JAM, MASTODON, ISIS), the album was anchored by an epic science-fiction narrative. The storyline was a psychedelic space opera that explored temporal themes of death and rebirth. “Warp Riders” also found THE SWORD expanding its range from pure metal to include bone-crunching hard rock at large.
“Superskum” (web site) has uploaded high-quality video footage of THE SWORD‘s October 4, 2011 performance in Denver, Colorado You can watch the clips below.